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Ryerson: Why are they all girls?Advantages of gender-segregated education

Sally Ryerson

Before teaching at Zealous Schools, I worked at another school for female-identifying, nonbinary, and trans male students. When people asked me about my job, I replied that I was a teacher at a gender-positive all-girls school.

I once got a reply, “Why aren’t all girls and boys so bad?” I have taught boys. Yes, teaching boys is great too! But there is something special about teaching all girls. Not only is there a desperate need for more girls’ education options in the pursuit of gender equality, but having all girls in her one space creates a magical energy.

At Z’Edwards, an all-girls campus in Edwardsour students have a space to express their thoughts without the interruption or distraction of boys. You can hear it and you won’t be overtaken by boys.”

When I worked at Denver’s Girls’ Athletic Leadership School, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative conducted a case study examining a school that was redefining student success. In that study, participants described feelings similar to Ruby’s.

At Z’Edwards, we’ve created an environment where girls can feel empowered to advocate for themselves and ask questions they would normally be reluctant to do with boys.

Being in an all-girls environment also puts the needs and desires of female students at the forefront. Several of our students described their frustration that the school was often male-dominated. In my last school, boys could wear whatever they wanted and girls couldn’t because of boys. ”

The covert sexualization of girls’ dress codes rarely happens in single-sex schools. Moreover, you can have such candid conversations with your students rather than accepting their rules as they are.

A study of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Teachers and leaders in all-girls schools also say they have the ability to create gender-specific curricula. A sense of belonging is strengthened as students experience what they call “sisterhood” (in all girls’ schools). ”

Last week, we introduced a sister project on Zealous. We pair her 6th graders with her 8th graders so that the students either become leaders for the students below or have role models for the older ones. During this time, students talk to their “sisters” about their specific experiences of being girls, especially junior high school girls, and participate in various bonding activities.

Idary, an enthusiastic student, explained, “Boys can sometimes be among our friends, so our friendship is stronger.” , a space dedicated to being completely authentic with each other rather than being influenced by boys.

Not only do we create an environment where girls can be themselves, but we also look for ways to inspire those who identify women outside the walls of Zealous. Patissam, one of our generous donors, has donated over 20 copies of Abby’s one-back book, The Wolfpack, to our campus. On Tuesday during Exhortation, we took time to read the book together and unlock its thought-provoking and inspiring messages. Last week we talked about glass ceilings and creating your own rules.

“Women must stop following the old rules that exist only to maintain the status quo. If you follow the rules you have always followed, the game will remain the same. Useless With the old With the new

Zealous Schools began working with Eagle School in 2018 to create new rules and a whole new vision of education. Now at Z’Edwards, we are working to create a different model of education that continues to create new rules, challenge the status quo and old ways of thinking, and nurture a deep passion for learning as well as equip girls with leadership skills. Let’s go. We need it to make a positive impact on our community.

Moreover, this educational experience should not be available only to those who can afford it. We have scholarships and can always raise more money. This school must represent a student demographic that identifies women in our valley. Feminism is only powerful if it includes and uplifts all women and girls. Change is coming from this small but fierce group of young women. Please be careful!

Sally Ryerson is the social studies academic coach at Zealous Schools’ Edwards campus. For more information about Zealous Schools, visit